What: 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, Second Nomination Shoot
Where: Easton Archery Center of Excellence at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista CA 91915.
2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
To make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Archery Team, archers must compete in USA Archery’s three-part trial series. The first nomination shoot took place last September at Texas A&M University, where the field was cut from hundreds of archers, to the top 16 men and women. This weekend in Chula Vista, California starts the second nomination shoot for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery where the field will be cut to just 8 men and women left in the running for Rio.
21 year-old Mackenzie Brown (Flint, Texas) leads the women’s division so far, just ahead of young teammates and friends Ariel Gibilaro (North Branford, Connecticut) and LaNola Pritchard (Lehi, Utah). 5-time Olympian and Olympic Bronze Medalist Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California) is currently sitting 4th and will definitely be looking to climb the rankings next week as she chases her 6th Olympic team and the Olympic gold that has so far evaded her.
While the U.S. men have already qualified quota slots to send a full team of 3 to Rio, the women have only secured one slot so far. They will have one final chance to earn the additional 2 slots at the Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey this June. The pressure is on for the women to both earn that top position in the U.S. Trials, and to train harder as a team to make the Antalya podium and send a full team to Rio.
Current standings from the first nomination shoot, and live updates as the Trials continue, are available here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For any media questions or credential requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.